Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dipu Moni on four-day visit to India

NEW DELHI, Sept 7: The visiting Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni will meet External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, Union Minister of Finance Pranab Mukharjee and Union Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi tomorrow. Bilateral issues between Indian and Bangladesh, specially trade and investment, Tiparmukh project, sharing waters of common rivers, borders and connectivity etc are slated for discussion.

Moni arrived in the capital this morning from Dhaka on a four-day official visit to India. She is accompanied by foreign secretary Mijarul Qayes and other senior officials of the foreign ministry.
Trade, investment, sharing waters of common rivers, including the Teesta, the cross border Tipaimukh Dam, border management, and connecivity and security issues are some key issues to figure prominently during the Moni-Krishna talks, sources said.

Official sources said that the two sides are likely to focus on enhancing connectivity and giving a fresh momentum to expanding economic engagement that would help reducing trust deficit to resolve complesx issues like border managment, infiltration and illegal migration and terrorism.
The proposed Tipaimukh Dam on the Barak river in Asom and Manipur border has dominated the center-stage of Bangladesh India relations in the past several months though New Delhi said that nothing would be done, which could harm Bangladesh.

As per the media advisory of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the Foreign Minister will call on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his official residence tomorrow. THE SENTINEL

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